I'm kind of in the "question everything you read" mind fram right now and wanted some input on designing a full body, strength-oriented routine. Currently, I'm doing a "bench-specific" routine to bring up my lagging bench press. It includes doing deads and squats once per week and I really like doing my whole body in one day. I feel like I can put a little more into every movement, as opposed with westside where my hamstrings would be detsroyed after a lower session.
I'm thinking something along the lines of:
Heavy squat/DL (alternating every couple of weeks)
I have no idea how to design a full body routine specifically for strength and a quick google hasn't brought up anything interesting. I have looked into 3x3, but I got bored quite quickly. Maybe some of the Olympic lifters will have some ideas on how to train everything all the time.
All input is appreciated
On Elitefts, Eric Talmant put some links up to the Sheiko routines. I'd look into those if you want to do all the lifts every session. Look for the beginner routine to start.
Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
@165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
@181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
@148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
@165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
@181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL
Cool, I'll give it a read.
No good for powerlifting. The ONLY reason to possibly do a full body PL split is if you can only train 2 days per week. And, you have a 4 day split mapped out.
Westside works, much like the wheel. Don't reinvent things for the sake of change.
Besides, how can you go balls out on ME Bench, and then balls out on DE Squat? You can't. Follow what works.
There's a reason Westside guys are the best. For powerlifting, that's what works. If you are interested in something else besides powerlifting, then we'll talk. Strength optimization for other reasons can be done with full body but powerlifting specific is pretty much the Westside template.
What is elite?
"Those who work the hardest often complain the least." -anonymous
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.